Posted by: Dr. Ursula A. Falk
Posted on: 12/17/01
"Al Tiro"- Fear not. These are words we heard so often in Nazi Germany in l939. Fear is a crippling emotion and can leave us paralyzed, unable to act in a rational fashion. The dictionary describes fear as: A feeling of alarm or disquiet caused by the expectation of danger, pain, disaster, terror, dread, apprehension.
When fear overwhelms us we often hide or run. Only when we act in a rational fashion are we able to
dispel our fears and find a solution to our problem. This was so aptly done when our President Bush and his
capable cabinet acted swiftly and decisively to the nine eleven attack on thousands of our American
Citizens by the Taliban. It is seen when the Israelis do not permit themselves to be intimidated by the
hostile Arabs who are attempting to annihilate them. The Israeli Nation does not shrink with fear and
paralysis but retaliates with action and decisiveness. Had the Israelis not taken that stand then and now
there would be no Israel today. As a result the Israelis have dispelled the notion that Jews are
cowards and have earned the respect of the Christian world. As the late President Franklin Roosevelt put
it "There is nothing to fear but fear itself."